Laser Cataract Surgery

VisionPoint Eye Center offers Laser Cataract Surgery for our cataract patients

Cataract Surgery LaserOur Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser system is the first laser cleared for cataract surgery by the FDA and was selected by our eye surgeons to perform our procedures. Laser Cataract Eye Surgery uses the femtosecond laser to do many of the steps currently performed by hand, and is designed to provide a greater level of precision and safety to modern cataract surgery.

“The addition of the femtosecond laser makes cataract surgery more seamless than ever. It is gentler on the eye which lends itself for an easier recovery after surgery.” Edward Colloton, MD

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About Cataract Surgery

Surgery to remove cataracts is one of the most frequently performed surgeries today. It is also one of the most successful and one of the safest procedures in medicine today. It is estimated that there are over 12 million lens implant procedures performed each year.

In your parents’ or grandparents’ day, cataract surgery was usually delayed for as long as possible because it was considered risky and required several days in the hospital. Today, cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and the procedure itself takes only a few minutes. The risks are much lower and the recovery is much faster for most patients. Today, patients have their surgeries done earlier. There is no need to wait until cataracts are “ripe.”

Cataract surgery is elective surgery and that is good news for patients. There is no need to wait until your vision is very poor. We advise our patients to consider cataract surgery when the cataract begins to affect their lifestyles; close vision, driving, sports, reading or otherwise. The cataract will typically not damage your eye while it is growing, so there is also no need to rush into surgery. You can decide when the time is right for you!

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Our doctors will perform your procedure in the Eastland Medical Plaza, the outpatient surgery center at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. You will arrive about an hour before your actual surgery. You will be given a mild sedative to help you relax. The area around your eye will be cleansed and a sterile drape will be applied around your eye. The surgery only takes a few minutes but plan to spend 2-3 hours at the center for the pre-operation procedures and recovery.

Our surgeons use a powerful anesthetic eye drop to completely numb the eye. There is no need for shots or injections. Using only a topical anesthetic avoids the risks and pain associated with needle injections and provides a much quicker return of vision. A small instrument will be placed between your eyelids to keep you from blinking. In Laser Cataract Surgery, the laser is used to make the opening in the eye, an opening in the lens itself and to treat the lens. If needed, an ultrasonic instrument will then gently break the cataract into microscopic particles which are then suctioned away.

Chart Showing the Process of Cataract Surgery

Next, the IOL you chose to correct your vision will be inserted into the same location that your natural lens occupied. Once the IOL is locked into position, the micro-incision seals itself, typically without the need for sutures. It remains tightly closed by the outward pressure within the eye and provides a fast and much more comfortable recovery. You will be released soon after the procedure to go home and relax for the rest of the day.

Visual recovery varies from patient to patient but most patients return to their normal activities within a day or two. If you have cataracts in both eyes, the second procedure will usually be scheduled a couple weeks later.

Serious complications are extremely rare, but it is surgery and there are some risks involved. One of our counselors will provide you with additional information about the risks associated with cataract surgery. Choosing an experienced surgeon for your procedure can significantly minimize the risks involved with your cataract procedure.

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